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Parents: Dionisio O. Blas and Felicisima Deldoc
Siblings: 4th child among 8 siblings (4 boys and 4 girls)
High school Bataan National School of Arts and Trade, Balanga
College University of the East (under scholarship)
Catalino Blas was an active and smart child, an honor elementary and high school student. He graduated top of his class in both elementary and high school. He was a natural leader in his school and in community.
In 1971, Blas started attending meetings organized by the Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan (SDK) where issues of pollution arising from the operations of the Bataan Pulp and Paper Mills were being discussed. Catalino showed himself an outstanding youth leader. He organized and mobilized young people in Samal,
Because his family could not afford to put him through college, Catalino opted to work after high school. He applied as an apprentice at the US Naval Base in
During this time he became active with the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) in
Later he was admitted as a scholar at the University of the East (UE) in
Catalino died at a very young age of 21. Hundreds of local people came to his burial, most wearing red as a symbol of their support for their young hero, who showed courage and commitment and took up issues in their behalf.
His family had high hopes for Catalino. Because he was intelligent, he was expected to help his family escape from poverty. His death destroyed this dream. Nevertheless, the family is proud of how Catalino led his life to serve his neighbors and his countrymen. To them, he died a hero.
Teodora Blas dela Cruz (sister), Raul dela Rosa (classmate and close friend) and Isagani Serrano (townmate)